Thank You for taking time to be with me here. I believe you found this article for a reason. My wish is that you feel cherished, loved and inspired. May you curl up in soft clothes, settle into a cozy chair, sip a delicious beverage, and allow your dreams to come out and play.
Well… here goes…
The onset of summer brought with it a brief discussion with one of my youth mentees about why we both adore summer. Is it the sweet breeze gently wafting the billowy sheer curtains of an open window as one enters a coma-like state of sleep after a day of outdoor fun? Is it the beach, festivals, marshmallows roasts, parks, picnics, pools, and vacations? It’s all that and more. Summer is possibility.
Possibility is defined by Princeton Dictionary as “a future prospect or potential, as in, ‘this room has great possibilities’, and also as “the capability of existing or happening or being true.”
What is possibility? Possibility is so many things. Possibility is the blank canvas fully submitting itself to an eager artist. Possibility is an empty parcel of land that becomes a glorious estate in the capable hands of a talented architect. Possibility is a holiday weekend with a full tank of gas and the open road wrought with raw adventure sprung to life by the driver’s whimsy.
Paper represents possibility. Years ago, it was the crisp virgin ivory sheet of paper inching along the scroll of a typewriter, excitedly awaiting the indentation of black letters sprawling across it like musical notes on a staff telling a story.
The paper thoughtfully ponders its future, wondering, “Will I be the next great novel?” It smiles, considering, “Perhaps I shall announce a baby’s birth.” Solemnly, it stands tall, puffing out its pristine chest, declaring, “I will be a newspaper and share information with the world.”
Ancient people chiseled on stone tablets. Ancestral laborers pounded out papyrus. Today, paper’s mass production has become almost synonymous with it being taken for granted. Paper is now a glaring snowy rectangle on a square electronic screen waiting emotionless as the beckoning cursor flashing, imploring someone to write something meaningful.
Possibility is woven into the fiber of every moment. It is found in every action, breath, feeling, heartbeat, sound, and thought. Possibility is choice, freedom, hope, the belief in miracles, and sometimes the only thing that keeps some people going. Possibility is the expanding belief in what can actually happen. Possibility is that instant when life changes in a flash in such as astonishing way that it fully engages all the senses and calls one to action.
“Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Congratulations, it’s a boy!”
“Ms. Watson, You’ve been promoted to a new position in Paris.”
“Mr. James, Your book is being published.”
And so on.
Possibility is about that bit of magic, that spark which ignites passion and brings new creation into existence. Possibility is walking in faith, knowing that every situation has the potential to be a miracle. A dash of faith, a smidgen of trust, sprinkled with a generous helping of belief, and, voila, dreams become reality.
Possibility has the heart of a child, the cleverness of a crafty schoolboy, and the savvy of royalty. Possibility is activated by honoring the quiet voice inside. It sometimes is being deliciously self-indulgent, which, in turn, can and does change the world by inspiring others to honor the dreams in their heart.
“Eat, Pray, Love” is the story of possibility. It’s the story about a woman discovering herself and the secrets of happiness, serenity, and love, of course. Some may say her journey was incredibly selfish, yet that journey led to a best-selling book that inspired thousands of people and has become movie starring Julie Roberts, which will go on to inspire thousands more to live their best lives. It has created for her more possibilities and the opportunity do more of what she adores …writing.
You posse something rare and beautiful and unique to you – your heart, wherein exists possibility and the guidance to find your way in this world. Each of has what I call a Heartstar™, a dream seed planted in our hearts before we were born. It holds the secret of who we are and why we’re here. It’s the origin of passion and keeper of dreams. People are passionate about all sorts of wonderful things – flying kites, racing cars, riding horses, making music, creating art, dancing, interior decorating, designing buildings, healing people, and the list goes on and on. Visionaries fuel possibility with passion and bring dreams to life.
Is it selfish to pursue your dreams? I used to think so, and now I feel quite strongly that the opposite is true. It’s selfish not to pursue your passion. It is self-absorbed to allow fear to prevent you from growing the dream seeds in your heart. How can I say this? Because it used to be me.
What if Rosa Parks didn’t get on the bus that day? What if Thomas Edison gave up? What if the Wright Brothers believed everyone who said they couldn’t fly? What if The Beatles quit after a few disappointing gigs early in their career? Why do visionaries succeed? Possibility. Bill Gates and Richard Branson, two of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world, are motivated completely by their passion for transforming possibility into reality.
What does it meant to live in possibility? It means believing. It means honoring that desire to learn a language simply for the fun of it. It means honors the urge write a novel simply for the delight of it. It means doing things that manifest joy in your heart and peace in your spirit.
I used to think life had a specific set of rules, and I would be rewarded for following those rules. I’m not talking about spiritual guidelines. I’m talking about mirage of the corporate job with shining benefits and happy retirement. I’m talking about the vision of the house with the white picket fence, a tire swing, and 2.5 children playing in the yard. I’m talking about the things we tell ourselves we desire because they are supposed to bring us happiness.
Follow the rules, get a gold star. Disobey the rules, get a red check. For a long time, I followed these imaginary rules and life seemed difficult and filled with disappointment and suffering. I was miserable, and it didn’t make sense because I was doing what I thought I was supposed to be doing. To clarify, when I say,”miserable”, I don’t mean just a twinge of sadness here and there. I mean it got to where I was enveloped by an inky Armageddon cloud to the point I no longer saw value in breathing. My heart was literally dying for me to listen. And I did. And I’m glad I did because I began to understand what it means to truly live in possibility.
Julie & Julia touched the deepest recesses of my heart. It is a delightfully transformational tale of living in possibility and illustrates what it really means to fully live by savor every morsel of life. It echoes the resiliency of the human spirit, stripping away everything and finally becoming ourselves by stepping into possibility. It is about doing what we love for sheer pleasure; setting our own course for adventure and allowing it take us where it will. It is getting up every single time we fall and learning lessons. It is destiny pulling us. It’s awakening to who we are and have always been. Julie & Julia teach us that by stepping into possibility, by taking time to be self-involved, by honoring that still voice inside us, which sometimes screams to be heard, we are able to be more, give more, and live the life intended for us.
If you’re still with me, perhaps you’ll relate to what I’m about to share. I became a people pleaser early in life because I thought putting others first meant a complete disregard for self. I realized much later that each of us is responsible only for our own well-being, and if we all did that, we could give and receive much more fully and healthfully. Happiness is a choice not a condition.
It was accepted and expected during that time that I was the 24/7 emotional mini-mart. People would pull up, spiritually refuel and then disappear without a trace. I unknowingly participated because I thought that’s what it meant to put others first.
“You must first fill your cup before you can share anything with others” is something one of my most cherished gal pals says. I finally understood what that meant the day everything literally came to a halt. I’ll spare the details; however, suffice it to say that I gave until I was completely empty. My heart physically boycotted. The store closed. The shelves were empty. The windows and doors were boarded up. The parking lot was vacant. …and I felt completely on my own. The people I most thought would be there for me were the first to turn their backs, or worse, kick me when I was down. It was a huge wake-up call for me in terms of how I was living my life and nothing was working anymore.
The truth was, it hadn’t been working for a long time, and I was busy running away to avoid dealing with it. I’d been miserable for much longer than I would admit to anyone, and I was working diligently to help everyone else live their dreams because I was too scared and didn’t know how to live mine. I’m grateful because that experience transformed my life. It taught me about possibility and gave me a second chance to be the person I came to be in this life.
I believe Love has a voice and that it’s the voice inside our heart that knows who we really are and guides us to live our true purpose. Love is the voice that sometimes sounds crazy, which our brains attempt to rationalize. Love is the voice we sometimes pretend not to hear when it asks us to expand our comfort zone. Love is the voice that lets us know when we are “off the path”; even though we do everything we can to convince ourselves we’re “on the path”. Love is the voice that sings our heart songs, reminding us who we are in our core. Love is the voice that tells us why we are here. Love is the voice that reminds us we’re all the same. Love is the voice of Possibility.
©2010 Susan Stackpole
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